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Deadly Saturday Night
(December 18, 2005)

Two Crashes - Three Dead.

It was a deadly night of travel in Johnson County. Sheriff's Deputy Andrew J. Barnhart (pictured above) directs motorists around a two-car double fatality crash on Saturday night in White River Township. The crash occurred at Bluff Road and State Road 37 when a passenger car failed to yield the right of way to a van traveling on State Road 37. The driver of the passenger car and an occupant of the van were both killed in the crash. One other occupant was transported to an Indianapolis hospital. The crash is still under investigation, but a Sheriff's Fatal Crash Investigator on the scene noted that at least one of the deceased victims did not appear to be wearing a seat belt.

Simultaneously, another crash was reported on Whiteland Road at County Road 725W, also in White River Township. Upon arriving on the scene, that crash was also determined to be a separate fatality crash. The Indiana State Police was summonsed to assist with the second fatality scene since regular service calls, disturbances, and other incidents continued to stream from the Sheriff's Dispatch Center and many Deputies were tied up at the initial scene.

The Sheriff's Office wishes to remind all drivers to make sure that all of the occupants of their vehicle are buckled up. Seat belts often save lives when you are involved in a serious collision. More information about the crashes will be released when the Crash Investigators are completed with their duties.